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2.-(1) Στον παρόντα Νόμο, εκτός εάν από το κείμενο προκύπτει διαφορετική έννοια -

"ανακαίνιση μεγάλης κλίμακας" σημαίνει την ανακαίνιση κτιρίου κατά την οποία υφίσταται ανακαίνιση άνω του 25% της επιφανείας του κελύφους του κτιρίου·
“αντλία θερμότητας” σημαίνει το μηχάνημα, τη συσκευή ή την εγκατάσταση που μεταφέρει θερμότητα από φυσικό περιβάλλον, όπως ο αέρας, το νερό ή το έδαφος, σε κτίρια ή βιομηχανικές εφαρμογές με την αναστροφή της φυσικής ροής της θερμότητας, κατά τρόπο ώστε να ρέει από χαμηλότερη σε υψηλότερη θερμοκρασία· για τις αναστρέψιμες αντλίες θερμότητας δύναται να μεταφέρει θερμότητα από το κτίριο στο φυσικό περιβάλλον·
«απαιτήσεις ελάχιστης ενεργειακής απόδοσης κτιρίου» σημαίνει τις απαιτήσεις που καθορίζονται στο άρθρο 15·
“αρμόδια αρχή” σημαίνει τον Υπουργό ή/και κάθε άλλο πρόσωπο που εξουσιοδοτείται από τον Υπουργό δυνάμει του άρθρου 3Α·
“βέλτιστο από πλευράς κόστους επίπεδο” σημαίνει το επίπεδο ενεργειακής απόδοσης που έχει ως αποτέλεσμα το χαμηλότερο κόστος κατά την εκτιμώμενη διάρκεια του οικονομικού κύκλου ζωής, όπου -

(α) το χαμηλότερο κόστος καθορίζεται λαμβανομένου υπόψη του κόστους ενεργειακών επενδύσεων, του κόστους συντήρησης και λειτουργίας (συμπεριλαμβανομένων των ενεργειακών δαπανών και οικονομιών, της κατηγορίας του κτιρίου, των κερδών από την παραχθείσα ενέργεια), κατά περίπτωση και το κόστος απόρριψης, κατά περίπτωση·

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Χαρακτηριστικό απόσπασμα:

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Για σκοπούς μερικής εναρμόνισης με την πράξη της Ευρωπαϊκής Κοινότητας με τίτλο-

«Οδηγία 2006/32/ΕΚ του Ευρωπαϊκού Κοινοβουλίου και του Συμβούλιου της 5ης Απριλίου 2006 για την ενεργειακή απόδοση κατά την τελική χρήση και τις ενεργειακές υπηρεσίες και για την κατάργηση της οδηγίας 93/76/ΕΟΚ του Συμβουλίου»,

Ερμηνεία
2. Στον παρόντα Νόμο, εκτός αν από το κείμενο προκύπτει διαφορετική έννοια -

«αρμόδια αρχή» σημαίνει την Υπηρεσία Ενέργειας του Υπουργείου Εμπορίου, Βιομηχανίας και Τουρισμού και περιλαμβάνει οποιοδήποτε άλλο πρόσωπο που εξουσιοδοτείται γενικά ή ειδικά από αυτήν για την εφαρμογή του παρόντος Νόμου και των Κανονισμών και των διαταγμάτων που εκδίδονται δυνάμει αυτού˙

«βελτίωση της ενεργειακής απόδοσης» σημαίνει τη βελτίωση της ενεργειακής απόδοσης στην τελική χρήση, λόγω τεχνολογικών, συμπεριφορικών ή/και οικονομικών αλλαγών· Add a comment

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    Butler:

    My question is again to the prime minister. The prime minister and the energy minister have apparently assured their party room they would not put a price on carbon or allow carbon trading, but their latest energy policy seems to put a price on carbon and involve carbon trading. Given it looks like a goat, walks like a goat and bleats like a goat, will the prime minister now accept the reality of his own policy or will he continue to pay homage to the volcano gods on his back bench?

    For all those people listening at home that are struggling with their power bills, particularly in South Australia – the pensioners, the workers at the steelworks, those at the smelter, those in the member’s own electorate – what do you think they are thinking about the political games of those opposite? What do you think they are thinking, Mr Speaker?

    Do you think that they are belittling the fact $115-a-year saving reflects badly on those opposite? Because when they were last in office power bills went up by 100%, Mr Speaker, 100%. The dirty dozen of policies. We had hundreds of thousands of jobs lost in the small business sector. We had the dreaded $15bn carbon tax. We had that great democratic experiment. We had the cash for clunkers, we had the pink bats, the ETS, the CPRS, the EIS, the carbon tax. We had every policy under the sun, Mr Speaker!

    Another dixer and then back to Butler vs Turnbull on carbon prices.

    Butler: “My question is again to the prime minister. I refer to the prime minister’s previous answer about his latest energy policy. So why does the Energy Security Board have a picture of a coal generator paying a renewable generator for carbon abatement? How is that not carbon trading?

    After a dixer to Julie Bishop on how Australia is meeting its Paris targets:

    The plan that we have announced through the national energy guarantee will also enable us to meet our international obligations and our Paris agreement target will see emissions reductions of 26-28% on 2005 levels by 2030. This is reasonable and achievable and what it means is emissions per person will halve and already emissions per capita in Australia are the lowest they have been in 27 years because we have met, indeed exceeded, the first Kyoto target by 128m tonnes. We are on track to meet, indeed exceed, the second Kyoto target by 2020. Mr Speaker, our Paris agreement targets are reasonable and they compare well with other developed countries, for example Canada, Japan, New Zealand, and the EU are in the target range between 25-35% by 2030.

    Mark Butler takes a second go at asking whether the energy policy includes a carbon price.

    The prime minister says no. Because... I’ll just let him explain it:

    The trading is trading of physical energy, it is trading of electricity. It is not trading of permits. There are no certificates, there is no permit. It is trading of physical energy which, as the honourable member should be well aware, happens all the time.

    Millions of dollars being traded every hour of the day and that has always been the case, but, Mr Speaker, as John Pearce, chair of the Australian Energy Market Commission, which is the rules maker, and a member of the Energy Security Board, as he said today: ‘There are no subsidies or certificates involved in this guarantee, and in this sense it does not involve a price or a tax on carbon. We are not pricing carbon. What we are pricing is reliability.’

    George Christensen gifts the next dixer to Barnaby Joyce, who drops the basket weaver line for something else:

    The Labor party policies of wind chime power, of dream catcher nets – that is where their power policy comes from. We believe in coal-fired power. We believe in gas-fired power. We believe in hydro.

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    A simple question from the opposition to the government: under the prime minister’s latest energy policy, will energy retailers be able to trade to meet their carbon emission reduction obligations – “yes” or “no”?

    Does not bring a simple answer from the prime minister:

    In the national electricity market, there are twice as much energy traded as is dispatched. There is an enormous trading system within the energy market, both trading over the counter and then through the Australian stock exchange and, of course, that won’t change – that is the virtue of the model that has been presented, the mechanism that’s been presented by the Energy Security Board that rather than having a subsidy scheme like the renewable energy target, or a clean energy target, that operates outside the market, you have market rules both in terms of guaranteeing reliability and guaranteeing a level of emissions consistent with Paris within those constraints trading can occur freely.

    That is why retailers are able to achieve the mix of generation sources that suits them. And they will all be able to find the lowest cost and most competitive way to deliver on those two obligations. It is clear, Mr Speaker, that is the mechanism, that is why it’s been recommended by the Energy Security Board. And those on the other side who are keen students of energy policy will know that John Pearce, the chairman of the energy markets commission, has been proposing an approach like this for years, for at least seven years, he said today. He’s always been a critic of the renewable energy target, or evolutions of it, because it does not operate within the confines of the market and therefore does not allow participants to achieve what we all seek to achieve.

    This week must be starting to get to more than just your correspondent – Josh Frydenberg has just received a verbal smack from the Speaker for swearing.

    He was responding to a dixer from Craig Kelly, who, it must be said, may have helped get him in the mood, given as he tends to present his questions like he’s interrupting a conversation at the pub bar, to tell someone why they are wrong. Frydenberg:

    I thank the member for Hughes for his question and know that he supports the government’s efforts to reduce power prices and create a more reliable system. Indeed, the national energy guarantee is a credible, workable, pro-market policy which will help lower prices and create a more reliable system. It involves no subsidies, no taxes and no trading schemes, Mr Speaker. And given the 371,500 jobs we have created in the last 12 months, lower energy prices will continue to help this strong jobs growth continue.

    Now, Mr Speaker, I know that those opposite like to write books – their front bench often looks like an Oprah Winfrey Book Club! We had the Good Fight, we had from the member for Fenner, a book about billionaires - an odd title - we had from the leader of the opposition, For The Common Good. It would have been better titled, ‘If you don’t know where you going, any road will get you there.’ Another, it is titled Changing Jobs but then we discovered the member for Port Adelaide had a book, Mr Speaker. It is a pretty bland cover, it is called The Climate Wars and I thought, ‘what does it say’? The truth is, we in Labor have sent too many mixed signals about climate policy. He said we have made mistakes in the design of our policies and the presentation, Mr Speaker. But then, this was the best. I was on a street corner in Port Adelaide and a guy said, ‘I was never sold on the whole climate issue, I thought you were all piss weak.’

    Before I call the leader of the opposition, I say to the minister – the leader of the House can cease interjecting for just a second – I say to the minister that that was – he’s withdrawn. If there is a repeat of that, I’ll have no choice but to take severe action against him and I ask him to be mindful not only of the audience watching... but the audience here in parliament house.

    Over in the Senate, Mike Bowers has just informed me there have been celebrations when George Brandis pronounced Richard Di Natale’s name correctly.

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    A few notable visitors to parliament are in the public gallery today:

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    The independent question has been given to the Mayo Nick Xenophon Team MP, Rebekha Sharkie:

    My question is to the minister representing the minister for employment. Today Anglicare Australia revealed nearly five applicants for every entry-level job, harvest season is approaching and farmers are looking for seasonal workers with many positions from Australia. What specific promotional measures have the government implemented to ensure Australians on Newstart [or] Youth Allowance know about the trial?

    I would say to her that the very first thing I would say about her question is that the best news for anyone on Youth Allowance or Newstart is to get a full-time job or a part-time job. In the last 12 months, this government has created 371,500 new jobs. It’s a record number.

    So the government’s economic policies, which have been supported by many Australians, have seen 371,500 new jobs. Now, for those people who have not yet got work, who are on Youth Allowance or the Newstart program, for three months or more, the government has introduced the seasonal work incentives trial which the honourable member refers to and that allows them to work in harvests like for fruit and nuts and other crops and earn up to $5,000 before they lose any of their Newstart or Youth Allowance. It is a really good program promoted by many members of this side of the House from regional areas and it helps to fill in some of the workforce gaps in areas of the regions who are looking for workers, particularly at harvest time, and including in the member for Mayo’s electorate.

    Tanya Plibersektakes the floor:

    My question is to the prime minister. Power prices have never been higher than they are under the Liberals. The prime minister could take action right now to put downward pressure on power prices by pulling the trigger on gas export controls. Why won’t the prime minister take action to reduce the power bills of Australian households now instead of making Australians wait three years for a possible 50c saving?

    Mr Speaker, I’m very... concerned about the composition of the opposition’s questions pack. They seem to have pulled out a question from the last sitting, when we were last here, over a month ago.

    Mr Speaker, what we have secured in terms of gas is an agreement for the big gas exporters to make sure demand on the east coast is fulfilled, which means that there won’t be a shortage of gas on the east coast and if there isn’t a shortage of gas on the east coast, then there is no need to apply any restrictions on exports.

    The treasurer, Scott Morrison, picks up the next dixer, linking the jobs figures to the government’s energy policy, with the general theme being this government is the most amazing government to have ever governed ever.

    He’s so excited by how amazing the government is, he doesn’t take a breathe for about two minutes, but you don’t need air when you’re living on a high.

    Australia has just experienced the strongest annual full-time growth in jobs on record. In 40 years, Mr Speaker. In the 40 years of records, on full-time jobs growth, this has been the best record of full-time jobs growth – some 316,000 full-time positions were created in the last year. 371,000 jobs were created in total in the last 12 months. And that means that the unemployment rate has fallen to 5.5% below where it was at the first time this government was elected back in 2013 and down more than half a full percentage point over the last couple of years. 20,000 new jobs were created in September. This is the 12th consecutive month the jobs growth has been present in our economy. That is the longest run of jobs growth in 23 years, Mr Speaker!

    And I’m listening for the congratulations to those who got jobs from those opposite and I can’t hear a thing, Mr Speaker. I can’t hear a thing from those opposite congratulating the businesses that have gone out and created those jobs, Mr Speaker. All I see is down faces because the last thing they want to see is more jobs, Mr Speaker, because they are generated by their own self-interest when it comes to economic policy in this place.

    To opposition questions again and Jenny Macklinpicks up from yesterday asking again about the axing of the energy supplement.

    “Is the prime minister so out of touch that he expects pensioners to thank him because they might get a lousy 50c saving on their power bills in three years’ time and don’t flick it off this time?”

    Thank you, it is interesting that yesterday the member for Sydney [Tanya Plibersek] got up and put to us that somehow the removal of the carbon tax was a myth and now they are complaining about the fact that we want to remove the carbon tax compensation.

    That is fascinating. It’s particularly fascinating when the carbon tax compensation was a savings measure that members opposite adopted, booked, saved and spent. Wrong, wrong, we hear. Wrong. Let me read to you a fair summary, let me read to you a fair summary of the situation that appeared in The Guardian in September – sorry on 24 August 2016. The Guardian doesn’t always run to our defence, but this is what they said, this is what they said 24 August 2016 in The Guardian.

    Trent Zimmerman then picks up the first dixer, which just happens to be on–you guessed it, the unemployment figures.

    Malcolm Turnbull doesn’t even try to hide his grin, telling the chamber:

    375,500 more Australians in work than a year ago [the longest run of] monthly jobs growth since 1994. That is an extraordinary achievement and it is a tribute to the enterprise and the hard work of Australian businesses that are benefitting from the leadership and economic leader... The parliament has approved, applying to small and medium businesses. To remain competitive, Australian businesses need affordable and reliable energy. They need to have the gas they need, they need to have the electricity for their businesses and it needs to be reliable and affordable. And that is what we are delivering.

    Now, when it comes to energy, the leader of the opposition talks, writes charming letters to me occasionally, talking about bipartisanship. He went completely off the reservation this morning, Mr Speaker. He talked, he described the considered advice from the Energy Security Board, appointed by Coag, five of the most knowledgeable people in the energy sector. He talked... science-fiction! That is what he said.

    Technology issues that are too boring to go into here have prevented me from heading to the chamber today, unfortunately.

    But question time has begun and it is straight into energy.

    Over the last few years there are more Australians in jobs and since we were first elected four years ago, 825,500 jobs have been created. Mr Speaker, jobs and growth is not just a slogan, it is an outcome. It is an outcome.

    Just as we wait to head into question time, a reminder New Zealand is waiting to see who will be its leader.

    Our other live blog for the day is on all the action across the Tasman, where New Zealand is waiting with bated breath for minor party leader Winston Peters to tell them who their next prime minister will be. Peters New Zealand First party was left in the position of kingmaker after the national election almost a month ago and has been meeting with National’s Bill English and Labour’s Jacinda Ardern since then. He has said he will make an announcement today, but gave no indication of when or what it might be...

    The Labor MP for Bruce, Julian Hill, has done his best to entertain the chamber ahead of question time.

    Speaking in appreciation for “the generosity of our compassionate and benevolent leader”, he said:

    The prime minister has thoughtfully offered struggling families some help with out-of-control power bills. He is giving families 50c a week. He is so generous, he is so loving, he is so kind, he understands his subjects, he is one of us. He is so in touch.

    And I am told our nation will be doing more to honour dear leader’s generosity: planning is already under way for the festival of the half dollar. The Australian mint will be issuing a commemorative 50c coin and thousands of Australians will be making one local call in celebration.

    The Productivity Commission has released its final reporton the NDIS and has concluded that people waiting on the service could be made to wait another 12 months before they can join.

    The social services minister, Christian Porter,told the ABC he believed the rollout may have been a little ambitious.

    I think that the Productivity Commission says as much. They noted that originally the estimates about the number of Australians who are transitioning at given points in time over the next several years were their own estimates back from pre-2013 and the Productivity Commission says those estimates were highly ambitious to the extent that the Productivity Commission note themselves they were so ambitious they were unlikely to ever be met.

    Every state has a bilateral agreement where we agree with the states that the NDIS will be, if you like, open for business in a certain region at a certain time and nothing changes there and we are not planning to change anything there. So all of the bilateral rollout targets will be met, which means that if you are expecting in Gosford or Wagga Wagga or wherever you are in Australia, we have the ability to apply for the NDIS at a certain time. Nothing changes there.

    Speaking of the economy, the National Fiscal Outlook is out today from the PBO. You’ll find it here, but a very quick look reveals the need for “continued vigilance” for both the states and the economy. AAP reported it as:

    The national fiscal outlook deteriorated by $13.4bn for the period 2016-17 to 2019-20, compared to a forecast a year ago, while net debt was $22.9bn worse across commonwealth and state budgets.

    The employment minister, Michaelia Cash, is quite pleased with the latest job figures.

    The economy under the Turnbull government is now creating jobs at a rate of in excess of four jobs to one. Again what we are now seeing is trends setting in. But in terms of full-time jobs, I am pleased to say that of those jobs created in the last 12 months [371,500] almost 316,000 of those jobs were full-time jobs. Compare that to last 12 months of the former Labor government, where full-time jobs growth actually went backwards. The reason is, the policies of the Turnbull government, the Coalition government puts in place, every lever that we pull is all about growing our economy.

    Andrew Wilkie has not held back in expressing his disappointment over Labor not supporting a senate inquiry into casinos and the gaming industry.

    Here is a bit of what he had to say just a few minutes ago:

    Was it the casinos, was it the clubs, was that the factional warlords, or did no one ring him and he just turned into jelly on his own? Whatever has happened, the comment from the opposition leader today is, I think, quite scandalous.

    I didn’t hold out great hope of the Liberal National government supporting a parliamentary inquiry into the allegations against the poker machine industry, but I did hold out some hope that alternative prime minister would show some leadership, would understand the seriousness of these allegations, and that in the Senate he would be agreeable to an inquiry into these allegations, allegations not just against Crown casino, but allegations also against the Victorian gambling regulator, allegations that point to systemic issues across the poker machine industry, if those allegations are true, of course.

    The fact that the Labor party and the Liberal party are both sidestepping the issue shows that they continue to grovel to the poker machine industry. And I think that is scandalous, quite frankly. It is absolutely scandalous. And they are being very dishonest about it. To say that this is a matter for the Victorian government and Victorian authorities is entirely misleading, because the serious allegations include money laundering and that, of course, is a serious federal offence. If for that reason alone the federal parliament should be involved in trying to get to the bottom of these issues.

    Also, to suggest that state and territory governments can be trusted these days to enquire into the poker machine industry is just laughable. We know for a fact that state and territory governments are deeply conflicted because at the same time they are meant to be ensuring that the poker machine industry operates properly, they are also recipients of enormous sums of taxpayer revenue. They have shown they cannot be trusted, that is another reason for the federal parliament and the federal government, or at least the federal opposition, to be involved in these issues.

    Back on energy, just before we prepare to head into question time, Bill Shorten has laid out Labor’s attack strategy:

    I am not going to let the government off. They have cooked up a bunch of headlines and thought bubbles. This is pure Turnbull 2.0. Make it up on the run. Keep Abbott happy. This is a hostage note written by Malcolm Turnbull to Tony Abbott: ‘please stop brutalising my energy policies, I’ll give you everything you want’.

    ... Let me go here for a second. The government has announced a policy on Monday or Tuesday. I get that you are more interested in Labor’s policies because we all know the government’s stuff is nonsense. This is classic Turnbull policy. It’d be interesting to see if it survives to Christmas, won’t it? The government are the ones who said they’ve got the game changer. Turnbull and his self-congratulation was saying, ‘I’ve changed the game, it’s fantastic’. Yet even within the last 48 hours, can the government guarantee any price reduction at all? Nope. Can they even provide us modelling? Nope.

    With how quick this morning was moving, I didn’t get a chance to transcribe Mitch Fifield’s chat on RN Breakfast. Given the interest in the ABC legislation yesterday, I thought there may be some interest in this exchange between Fran Kelly and the communications minister.

    Kelly: In your second reading speech on the ABC legislation yesterday, you said, I quote, people expect the publicly funded broadcaster to canvass a broad range of issues in a fair and balanced manner. Are you suggesting that we don’t do that? Can you give us an example of where the ABC hasn’t been fair and balanced?

    I tend to take a very cynical view of politicians, no matter what side of the fence they sit on, and stunts (like dabbing) – but you guys seem to like it. I covered state politics for years. It leaves a mark on you.

    But for those of you who liked seeing a photo of kids enjoying themselves, I gift you another.

    Taking time out of his busy dabbing schedule, the opposition leader examined a car.

    Bill Shorten doesn’t often dab. But when he does, he makes sure the cameras are there.

    The Greens MP Adam Bandt is not pleased with where he thinks Labor is heading with the energy debate. Earlier today, we reported Bandt called the NEG as being worse for renewables than doing nothing.

    Now Bandt is calling on Labor to join the Greens in its opposition to the policy

    Andrew Wilkiehas responded to Labor and the Coalition’s position on the casino inquiry

    Labor and Liberal grovel to poker machine industry, says @WilkieMP #auspol pic.twitter.com/A60U0nf1xl

    When economists try to be diplomats: “It’s the internalisation of an externality”

    AGL is in town today, appearing before a parliamentary committee looking at electricity infrastructure. Tim Nelsonis AGL’s chief economist.

    The beast continues to move: with no major party support for the Senate inquiry into the Wilkie casino allegations, the motion is being delayed.

    As pointed out in the comments, it could come back, depending if anything is found at the state level. But for now, it is being shuffled off the agenda.

    A little more detail on the latest job figures...

    The unemployment rate fell to 5.5% in September, driven by a large increase in part-time employment, in seasonally-adjusted terms.

    While we are on Holden, this is very much worth your time to read. No politics, but a lot of heart:

    I wrote a little story about Holden and my family, hope you like. https://t.co/3SrVHobxV7

    Kim Carr had A LOT to say about Holden’s closure and has not been shy at letting us know who he blames and why.

    Tomorrow marks what can only be described asa national tragedy. A national tragedy that need not happen. It was totally avoidable. A national tragedy that’s come about as a direct result of a crusade by the very hard, right-wing men and women of the Liberal party. Remember Sophie Mirabella? Crusade to take $500 million out of the automotive program. Remember the statements of the treasurer goading General Motors to leave Australia, at the time when the international investment committee was meeting in Detroit, stood up in the House of Representatives and goaded them to leave. As the head of General Motors at the time said, played chicken with the automotive industry in this country. We know, because we directly engaged with General Motors, that they were prepared to stay. They took the proposition to their own work force to substantially reduce costs at a time when the dollar was over $1.11on the parity rate. Workers voted in a secret ballot to take a pay cut, to reduce their conditions, on the condition that General Motors were prepared to invest. They came to us as a Labor government and we negotiated arrangements for two new models. A proposition which I took to the government and was endorsed by the government. General Motors, in turn, said: ‘We have to get bipartisan support for that proposition. We can’t make those sorts of investments without the support across the parliament.’ The Liberal party refused. We also know with Toyota, two new models, and if we had kept the automotive industry in place, if we had a Labor government, we would have kept the automotive industry in place and by now we’d be talking about the production of hydrogen cars in this country.”

    What are we losing? We are losing an industry which provided 15% of our R&D for manufacturing. Manufacturing is the largest area of our R&D. 15% of our R&D for manufacturing comes out of the automotive industry. We are losing an enormous platform for our skills development. We are losing the capacity in steel, in glass, in aluminium, electronics. A modern motor car has some 250 microprocessors within it. It is probably one of the most advanced pieces of equipment ordinary people use. We are losing the capacity, one of 13 countries in the world that can make a motor car from the point of conception to the showroom floor. We are losing that capacity. What’s been put in its place? A promise about the naval ship-building program where we won’t be cutting steel for some years. Two patrol boats for Adelaide next year. Two patrol boats. We are asking the automotive industry, the automotive workers to think about two patrol boats. This is a government that has no plan for the future, has no commitment to advanced manufacturing. We are leaving automotive communities in the lurch, we are leaving this country in the lurch, because of their blatant negligence and their ideological hostility. Ideological hostility to an incredibly important industry that this country has taken generations to build. A country that, of course, is amongst the best in the world in terms of its capacity to survive the rigors of advanced manufacturing.”

    The Dfat appointments are rolling out. The latest – Geoffrey Shaw as Australia’s ambassador for people smuggling and human trafficking.

    From Julie Bishop’s statement:

    The casino inquiry motion is coming up in the Senate – that is on the back of the Andrew Wilkie allegations from Wednesday – but it is expected to fail.

    Both Labor and the Coalition have said the authorities and the states are better placed to carry out any investigations and without the support of either major party, the motion is doomed to fail.

    Ultimately it’s up to the Senate what it chooses to have an inquiry into it. But the Minister for Justice, Michael Kennan, has already made clear that Austrac takes any allegations seriously and will investigate those. The other allegations that have been made fall squarely into the responsibility of the Victorian government, its law enforcement agencies and its regulators.

    Gambling casino legislation is regulated by the state. The Senate is not a police force. The Senate is not a state house of parliament. We said straight away when we heard these allegations, very serious, deserve a full and unequivocal investigation. But you don’t send the Senate to do a job that the police have got to door that the state regulator’s got to do. This is not a question about investigating the allegations. It’s a question who is best placed to investigate them? Police and the gambling regulators with the full resources and knowledge or another committee?

    The ABS reports the unemployment rate for September was 5.5 % (trend) down from 5.6% in August.

    The ABS says that is the lowest trend rate in four years.

    Just like white chocolate isn’t technically chocolate, but you’ll still find it near the dairy milk...

    The NEG is an EIS + a reliability scheme. By allowing trading, a carbon price is established, like an auction sets a house price #auspol

    Bill Shorten has fired the latest salvo in the “Australia First” wars, using the closure of Holden tomorrow as a rallying cry:

    Where are the visionaries now? Turnbull blamed the wages of the workers when Holden made their decision. He’s washed his hands of it; not his problem. Australia is a good manufacturing nation, we’re a great manufacturing nation. I want to congratulate generations of Australian workers and their families who have worked at Holden, who have worked in the auto-component industry. They are world-class trades people building a world-class product. This car industry did not need to close. It closed because of the lazy, negligent, disinterest of the right-wing economic rationalists of the Turnbull and Abbott government. They goaded the industry into going. As a result, Australia is poorer tomorrow because of the inaction and neglect of the Turnbull government. We say to those who still work in Australian manufacturing: Labor’s got your back. We understand, and if we get the privilege to form a government, we will back Australian-made and Australian manufacturing. We have announced on the weekend in South Australia the creation of an Australian manufacturing future fund. This will ensure that the finance is available for all the great manufacturing ideas, for all the small and medium businesses who want to back Australian made. I promised Australia and I promised the Australian manufacturing sector that the three-word slogan you are most going to hear from me if I’m prime minister is ‘made in Australia’.

    Bill Shorten has just repeated his dab move for school students ahead of a media event at Old Parliament House.

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    As expected, the Medicinal cannabis bill has just passed the Senate

    The Senate is busy debating the Greens motion on medicinal cannabis, which opens up the market for Australian-grown products to be accessed by patients and stops the government from using clauses in import products to stop category A drugs from being prescribed to terminally ill patients.

    Labor is in support of this and it looks like most of the crossbench is as well.

    Yesterday it was the proposed welfare drug testing trial which caught the UN’s attention – and not in a good way, as Paul Karp reported

    Today:

    While the government works to stave off a banking royal commission, Scott Morrison has announced the actions it is taking to pull the banking industry into line.

    From his statement:

    On issues which were all-encompassing but appear to have become less all-encompassing, the next round of banking hearings is on tomorrow.

    David Colemansaid the government’s plan of hauling the banking execs ahead of a parliamentary committee on the semi-regular, rather than a banking royal commission is working.

    Malcolm Turnbullhas started Thursday with a breakfast hosted by the Ai Group to explain the government’s new energy policy to the suits. The prime minister this week has been flanked by a hastily convened Jedi council – the heads of the energy market regulators – and they came along for the ride to the National Press Club this morning.

    It was clear from the mood in the room that what business leaders want is bipartisanship. They want a policy which makes sense and they want to know the policy will remain constant for a reasonable period of time.

    The latest unemployment figures are due at 11.30am (AEDT) today, so get ready for that.

    But on the jobs front, Christopher Knaus has written on an alarming trend:

    But Dutton did confirm that those who applied for citizenship after 20 April, when the government first proposed its changes, which included longer waiting periods for citizenship, will be processed under the existing rules.

    Peter Dutton is not backing down on his citizenship changes and is condemning Tony Burke for condemning him.It seems Dutton is not impressed with the comparison to the White Australia Policy.

    It is very clear from their own statements that for a long period of time they have supported strengthening the Citizenship Act but they are acting now against the national interest and in their own political interest by pulling this stunt in the Senate with the Greens in an effort to try to delay debate about what is a very important bill. Now what we have proposed in relation to the bill, very sensibly, we’ve been able to negotiate with the independent senators, given that the Labor party will enter into no sensible discussion at all. We have been able to offer up some amendments to the bill which address, in large part, some of the recommendations put forward by the Senate committee; our discussions with the independent senators will continue because we will not be distracted by a political stunt in the Senate between the Labor party and the Greens. We believe very strongly that the proposal we have put forward is moderate, it is sensible, and as I pointed out this morning, we have cancelled the visas of 3,000 people who have committed serious offences, in many cases against Australian citizens, including against children and including the distribution of drugs such as ice. One-thousand-one-hundred people within that cohort were permanent residents and would have gone on to become Australian citizens. Our argument is that these changes were sensible, because we are asking people not only to abide by Australian laws but to adhere to Australian values and we have put forward some sensible amendments. Our discussions will continue with the independents but Tony Burke’s completely over-the-top reaction today really shows that he and Mr Shorten are acting not in the national interest but in their own political interest and for that they should be condemned.

    Labor started the emissions-intensity-scheme-in-sheep’s-clothing line on Wednesday. Pat Conroy, who seems to know more about energy policy than is healthy for one person, said the Neg “involves setting an emissions reduction target for its retail, so it is sending a signal through the market to reduce the emissions”.

    Laura Jayes from Sky pointed out that Kerry Schott, the chair of the Energy Security Board, “said it is absolutely not a carbon price”, to which Conroy replied:

    I’m just telling you what the mechanism operates like. The mechanism operates in a way that signals to retailers that you need to reduce the carbon intensity of your generation mix. That is a carbon signal, which is quite interesting that the party room of the Liberal’s isn’t picking that up. The key thing here is that we need to get emissions down, while increasing reliability and dispatchability and that’s why we will look at this once we see all the details.

    At a doorstop in Canberra, the Greens MP Adam Bandthas said the party will push in the Senate for a full parliamentary inquiry into the Crown casino allegations after “very distressing allegations” from whistleblowers. Nick Xenophon has called for the same this morning after revelations from MP Andrew Wilkie yesterday.

    Bandt said the numbers would be there if Labor supported the push, but Guardian Australia has confirmed that Labor will not support a Senate inquiry. Labor’s position is understood to be that this is a matter for the state regulator, but is happy to reconsider after the regulator has done its job.

    The only thing protecting the casino bosses from a full inquiry into these allegations of misconduct is the Labor party. The Labor party now needs to decide whether honesty is more important than money.

    While Labor (and some within the industry) paint the Neg as an emissions intensity scheme, the government is just as adamant that it is not.

    Zed Seselja was quick to tell Sky that Burke was wrong, but not why.

    It is not an emissions intensity scheme. What it is, is a scheme which will ensure we will have reliable, affordable power while also meeting our emissions reductions targets. This is absolutely critical to industry in this country, to jobs and to householders to ensure there is downward pressure on their electricity prices. The reason Tony Burke is trying to pretend it is something that it is not is because he knows [the] Labor scheme would push up electricity prices dramatically.

    Josh [Frydenberg] has been quite strong in saying it is not a trading scheme, it is not a carbon tax, what it is, is a plan to deliver reliability, it is a plan to deliver affordability, and what we want to hear from Labor is what is your plan, they don’t have a plan at the moment, so if you don’t have a plan, stop criticising ours and come on board and support our plan, because it will deliver reliability and it will put downward plan on electricity prices and that is what people want to hear.

    The energy debate has moved on to whether or not Labor will support it. So far, Labor hasn’t said either way. It has been very careful to be critical of the process, and what the government is using to make some of its claims, such as the $110-$115 saving (which is an average which kicks in some time between 2020 and 2030) but not explicitly slam the policy itself.

    Now it has moved on to talking why it might support it, because it looks like an emissions intensity scheme, which is Labor’s preferred option. That has now placed the government in the unusual position of denying something contained within its policy.

    It does look like it may well be another way of doing an emissions intensity scheme. It may well be that what we have in front of us is an emissions intensity scheme, managed by the energy retailers, rather than managed by the government. We are still working our way through it, we still don’t have all the detail you need to make that conclusion. It might be that that is what we are looking at. It might end up being something that Labor can support.

    What’s particularly interesting, and I am not certain that the government party room has understood this, [is] the new measures have remarkable underlying similarities to the principles of the electricity intensity scheme that were rejected last December.

    Well, yes, of course it is. Anything that operates, anything that drives investment in the electricity sector in the 21st century, if is going to work, has to reflect the carbon price. There is a value that is attributed to the risk of carbon in all investments.”

    Tony Burke has called the Peter Dutton-led citizenship changes “appalling”, likening it to the White Australia Policy.

    “If you came from China to Australia you need university-level English, if you came from Canada, you didn’t need university-level English. If you came from India, you needed university-level English, if you came from Great Britain you didn’t,” he told Sky News.

    Speaking on Radio National, the communications minister, Mitch Fifield, has responded to calls from Andrew Wilkie and Nick Xenophon for an inquiry into allegations Crown casino tampered with poker machines and avoided reporting transactions of more than $10,000 to Austrac.

    Fifield replied:

    In relation to allegations Mr Wilkie has made, the justice minister, Michael Keenan, has already made clear that Austrac, our financial intelligence agency, will, as it always does, investigate claims of wrongdoing.

    There are state regulatory bodies there are state law enforcement agencies, they have the responsibility in this area … That is fairly and squarely a matter for those state governments. They have the power, they have the legislative authority, they are the people who can move swiftly in this area.

    While a former prime minister openly questions whether climate change is real, and if it is “probably doing good” the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science were handed out overnight.

    The 2017 recipients are:

    We still don’t know when the high court will return its judgment on the seven MPs facing questions over their eligibility to sit in parliament, but Nick Xenophon was taking no chances, seizing the opportunity to make a valedictory speech overnight.

    In typical Xenophon humblebrag style, the South Australian senator said he was not one for valedictories, but he had a few more words to say on a few more topics. Those would be donations reform and the gambling industry.

    I do not know when I’ll be making my last speech in the Senate. I hope this won’t be it, because I have a lot to say about many issues affecting my home state of South Australia, but, like others, being part of the ‘citizenship seven’, I am in the hands of the high court – of the wise women and men of the high court. I will be leaving this place, however, one way or the other and sooner rather than later, once that decision is handed down.”

    I wasn’t proposing to participate in the adjournment debate this evening, but I understand that Senator Xenophon has intimated that may very well have been his last speech to the chamber, depending upon the high court. I suspect this was not your last speech to the chamber, Senator Xenophon, because if it was, you’ve had a complete personality change. The speech has been delivered in a low-profile, unflamboyant, discreet way and there’s not a single journalist or, indeed, photographer in the gallery. So all of the indicators suggest that this isn’t your last speech. But against the possibility that it is, I do want to say to you on behalf of the government, while we do not wish you success in the South Australian election because we in the government are strongly of the view that the election of Steven Marshall as the premier of South Australia is far and away in the best interests of the state of South Australia. Nevertheless, I did want, in the event that this is your last speech, to wish you well in a personal sense on behalf of the government and to thank you for your service in this chamber, which has been very conspicuous and very consequential. We have found that you have agreed with the government more often than you have not agreed with us. But, whether you’ve agreed with us or not, you’ve always dealt with us in a considerate, constructive and collegial manner. May I say to you, Senator Xenophon, on my own personal behalf, that when the day comes that you leave us, I for one will miss you. I don’t think every one of my government colleagues would say the same, but you and I have become friends. I’ve enjoyed our friendship. I hope it will continue and, in a personal sense as well, I wish you all of the best for the future, and I wish you success in the high court as well.”

    I apologise I didn’t quite get here before the leader of the government took his seat, but he hasn’t gone yet. I missed the beginning of your speech, Senator Xenophon, and I know you said ‘maybe’, so I don’t know if this is one of those teasing things that you do: ‘I might agree. I might not agree. I might go. I might not.’ But in the event that the ‘maybe’ is in fact the case: I think I sent you a text, which, as I chided you today, you hadn’t responded to, when you announced you were running in South Australia and I said, ‘I think I can safely say the Senate won’t be the same without you – stay in touch.’ Certainly, we disagree on a range of policy positions; we agree on some. I do appreciate, notwithstanding those differences, that you have dealt with me courteously and with my team courteously, and you have listened to us when we have put a view to you. I particularly remember when in government as finance minister, we had some difficult and personal negotiations on some very big issues, including the NBN and of course the stimulus package. We were very appreciative that we were able to resolve those issues. So, I share Senator Brandis’s distance from your political objectives: he wants Steven Marshall elected and I want the premier re-elected. Obviously, we have a different political perspective, but I do wish you well.”

    Senator Xenophon, it was a very poor way of exiting if you wanted no fuss; you’ve had some fuss.”

    The finance minister, Mathias Cormann, has said the government “remains committed” to its citizenship package, despite the bill being dropped from the Senate notice paper on Wednesday due to opposition from Labor, the Greens and crossbench.

    Cormann told ABC News Breakfast the reforms are “very important... and will keep working with all non-government senators to secure the necessary support”.

    Energy is still dominating the headlines, with Labor’s support for the Neg now under the microscope.

    Labor has been very critical of the process, and has hit out against the lack of modelling and what they are calling an “eight-page policy” but have not ruled out supporting it. That’s what Malcolm Turnbulland Josh Frydenberg are hoping for, as Labor’s support would not only mean a political win, it will help bring the states, particularly Queensland, South Australia and Victoria on board, which is the easiest way of bringing the Neg into existence. Meanwhile, the Greens say the Neg is worse for renewables than no action. More on that here.

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